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Safety first, during the shotgun seasons

Safety first, during the shotgun seasons

  • 11/15/2022 11:42:00 AM
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The long wait is almost over. For an expected 100,000 deer hunters, the shotgun deer seasons are right around the corner and before they head to the timber, it’s important that everyone go through their gear to make sure everything still fits and still works and takes time to review their hunting safety plan.
Iowa’s pheasant opener was busy, with lots of hunter success

Iowa’s pheasant opener was busy, with lots of hunter success

  • 11/1/2022 1:43:00 PM
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Hunters are home, the dogs are resting and Iowa’s opening weekend of pheasant season is in the rearview mirror. Reports from across the state varied from excellent up north to good in central and southwest Iowa, with the consensus that hunting will continue to improve once all the corn is harvested.
Duck season begins Oct. 1 in Iowa’s north zone

Duck season begins Oct. 1 in Iowa’s north zone

  • 9/30/2022 2:31:00 PM
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Waterfowlers have waited all year for this: for the next three weekends in Iowa, there will be an opening day for duck and goose hunting. The north zone opens on Oct. 1, the central zone opens on Oct. 8 and the south zone opens on Oct. 15. Each zone is open seven days, then close for seven days, before re-opening.
Iowa’s rabbit, squirrel season opens Sept. 3

Iowa’s rabbit, squirrel season opens Sept. 3

  • 8/30/2022 1:39:00 PM
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The good news for Iowa’s cottontail rabbit hunters is that Iowa has an abundant rabbit population, with the south-central part of the state seeing the best overall numbers. The better news for hunters is Iowa’s cottontail rabbit season begins Sept. 3 statewide.
Iowa’s dove season begins Sept. 1

Iowa’s dove season begins Sept. 1

  • 8/16/2022 1:17:00 PM
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Iowa’s sunflower and wheat fields will be popular places on Sept. 1, when thousands of hunters slip into the standing flowers and field edges in the early morning darkness for the opening day of dove hunting season.
Iowa’s teal-only hunting season opens Sept. 1

Iowa’s teal-only hunting season opens Sept. 1

  • 8/16/2022 1:12:00 PM
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Iowa’s 16-day teal only hunting season begins statewide Sept. 1, offering hunters an opportunity to enjoy Iowa’s wetlands and shallow lakes during the mild late summer weather.
Spring turkey season ends on a high note

Spring turkey season ends on a high note

  • 5/31/2022 3:31:00 PM
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Despite some challenging weather conditions, Iowa’s wild turkey hunters reported harvesting nearly 12,000 birds through the mandatory registration system. While similar to 2021, the 300 additional birds registered represented and overall state increase in harvest of around two percent.
Apply now for Iowa nonresident deer tags

Apply now for Iowa nonresident deer tags

  • 5/23/2022 3:17:00 PM
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The Iowa nonresident deer hunting application period is currently open. Applications close June 5 at midnight, so there's still plenty of time to apply.
Outdoor Notes

Outdoor Notes

  • 12/28/2021 1:15:00 PM
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Hunting seasons will begin closing in early January. Pheasant, archery turkey and deer seasons, and late muzzleloader deer season close on Jan. 10.
2022 hunting, fishing license on sale Dec. 15; duck, goose and dove hunters now required to register with HIP

2022 hunting, fishing license on sale Dec. 15; duck, goose and dove hunters now required to register with HIP

  • 12/8/2021 2:20:00 PM
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Resident hunting, fishing and other licenses for 2022 are available beginning Dec. 15. The menu of license options includes the popular Outdoor Combo annual resident hunting/fishing/habitat combo license for $55; the Angler’s Special three-year fishing license for $62; and the Hunter’s Special three-year hunting license with habitat included for $101.
Iowa DNR stresses safety after weekend hunting incidents

Iowa DNR stresses safety after weekend hunting incidents

  • 12/7/2021 1:45:00 PM
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Officers with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) responded to four deer hunting incidents over the weekend – one related to property damage, one minor injury, one serious injury and one fatality - and one related to pheasant hunting.
Pheasant hunting on Thanksgiving as traditional as pumpkin pie

Pheasant hunting on Thanksgiving as traditional as pumpkin pie

  • 11/23/2021 3:09:00 PM
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For many Iowans, a Thanksgiving Day pheasant hunt is as much a part of the holiday tradition as football, battling over the last turkey leg and an afternoon nap, and this year’s outing may be one of the best.
Duck hunters encouraged to use safe boating practices while on the water

Duck hunters encouraged to use safe boating practices while on the water

  • 10/26/2021 4:08:00 PM
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Duck hunters who hunt from a boat are encouraged to include boating safety as part of their hunting plan. Waterfowl hunters use boats on some of the coldest days of the year. Not only is the water deathly cold on these days, but the hunter is likely wearing enough layers to make themselves heavy and clumsy, and if they go into the water, they are in serious trouble.
The first of Iowa’s three duck hunting zones opens Oct. 2

The first of Iowa’s three duck hunting zones opens Oct. 2

  • 9/28/2021 1:35:00 PM
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Wetland conditions have improved ahead of the Oct. 2 opening day of Iowa’s duck season in the north zone. The most recent migration report shows an increase in the number of ducks that pushed in to Iowa, thanks to a classic September weather change.
Iowa’s youth deer season begins September 18

Iowa’s youth deer season begins September 18

  • 9/14/2021 2:58:00 PM
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The Iowa deer hunting tradition will be passed on to about 10,000 young hunters who are participating in the youth deer season, which opens on Sept. 18.
Waterfowl season dates corrected

Waterfowl season dates corrected

  • 8/31/2021 11:51:00 AM
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An error during a routine update of the Iowa Hunting Regulations mistakenly posted the 2020-21 waterfowl season dates to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources website late last week. The issue has been corrected.
Iowa’s rabbit, squirrel season opens Sept. 4

Iowa’s rabbit, squirrel season opens Sept. 4

  • 8/31/2021 11:46:00 AM
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The good news for Iowa’s cottontail rabbit hunters is that Iowa has an abundant rabbit population, with the southern and east central part of the state seeing the best overall numbers. The better news for hunters is Iowa’s cottontail rabbit season begins Sept. 4 statewide.
Iowa’s teal hunting season opens Sept. 1

Iowa’s teal hunting season opens Sept. 1

  • 8/17/2021 11:41:00 AM
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Iowa’s 16-day teal only hunting season begins statewide Sept. 1, offering hunters an opportunity to enjoy Iowa’s wetlands and shallow lakes during the mild late summer weather.
Iowa’s dove hunting season begins Sept. 1

Iowa’s dove hunting season begins Sept. 1

  • 8/17/2021 11:37:00 AM
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Iowa’s sunflower and wheat fields will be popular places on Sept. 1, when thousands of hunters slip into the standing flowers and field edges in the early morning darkness for the opening day of dove hunting season.
Learn to Hunt program opens registration for youth waterfowl workshop

Learn to Hunt program opens registration for youth waterfowl workshop

  • 7/28/2021 11:44:00 AM
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DES MOINES - The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is offering a program to teach skills needed to hunt, field dress and cook waterfowl to youth who have little to no waterfowl hunting experience on Aug. 28, at the Olofson Shooting Range, near Polk City.
Intro to Turkey Hunting workshop set for April 10

Intro to Turkey Hunting workshop set for April 10

  • 3/30/2021 12:54:00 PM
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DeWitt - The Iowa Department of Natural Resources and Woods + Waters Project are holding an Intro to Turkey Hunting Workshop, April 10, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Wapsi Valley Izaak Walton League, near DeWitt.
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